Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner

Animal Disease Reporting

The laws of the State of New York (Ag & Mkts Law, Article 5, §73) require that "every person shall immediately report to the commissioner the existence among animals of any infectious or communicable disease coming to his knowledge. Every report shall be in writing and shall include a description of the diseased animal or animals, the location thereof, the name of the disease suspected, and, if known, the name and address of the owner or person in charge of such animal or animals." In practical terms, not every disease or disease occurrence is of equal importance and the reporting of every occurrence of every disease would overwhelm surveillance for those diseases of greater importance because of their potential impact on animal health, public health or the economic viability of the agricultural industry in the state and the nation.

Animal Disease Reporting can be divided into two categories. The first is when the occurrence of disease is recognized but the specific disease or agent is unknown. The second is when a specific Reportable Disease has been identified, usually through laboratory confirmation/identification of a specific disease agent or toxin. This includes any of the diseases on the CDC list of Select Agents, the USDA list of High Consequence Livestock Diseases and the USDA list of Foreign Animal Diseases (FAD’s).

Reporting Criteria

In general terms, disease occurrence should be reported either if the disease is identified as one of the specific Reportable Diseases listed below or if any of the following apply:

  • The disease presents as a new set of symptoms not previously recognized in the species of animal affected.
  • The same disease symptoms appear to be affecting animals in multiple locations.
  • A disease with a recognized seasonal or species distribution occurs in an unusual season or species.
  • High Morbidity (number affected/unit of time).
  • High Mortality (number dying/unit of time).
  • Central Nervous System disorders.
  • Vesicular disease in ruminants or horses or swine.
  • Hemorrhagic disease.

Any individual may report a disease outbreak or suspicious disease occurrence in animals by calling the Division of Animal Industry at 518-457-3502.

If you are a veterinarian, regulatory official, or diagnostic laboratory and need immediate assistance due to an animal health emergency, and it is after normal business hours, please call the New York State Emergency Management Office at 518-292-2200 and your call will be directed to the appropriate individual.

Reportable Diseases

The link below is the list of reportable diseases as requested by the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, Division of Animal Industry. Some diseases need immediate notification to animal health officials while others are monthly notifications. Diseases with an "X" next to them also need notification to the NYS Department of Health.
NYS Dept of Ag and Markets - Division of Animal Industry Reportable Disease List - All Species